Ann Fisher-Wirth was born Ann Carolyn Welpton on January
25, 1947, in Washington, D.C. Her father was in the United States
Army, so at the age of eight months, young Ann moved with her mother and
older sister Joan to Germany where her little sister, Jennifer, was
born. The family lived in Germany for three years before moving to
Pennsylvania in 1950. Then again, in 1955, the family moved to Camp
Zama, Japan. After service in both World War II and The Korean War, her
father retired in 1957. The family then moved to Berkeley, California,
the place that Ann Fisher-Wirth considers her "spiritual home."
Ann graduated magna cum laude from Pomona College in 1968
with a B.A. in English. She married John Fisher that year, and they
moved to Belgium to teach at the International School of Liege until
1971. Returning to California, they entered Claremont Graduate School
from which Ann received her Ph. D. in English and American Literature in
1982, with a dissertation on the American poet William Carlos
Williams. While in graduate school, Ann and John Fisher had three
children: Pascale Elizabeth in 1973, Jessica Margaret in 1776, and
Lucas John in 1978.
In 1981, Ann was hired as an assistant professor of English
at the University of Virginia. She and John Fisher were
divorced shortly after they moved to Virginia. She married
Peter Wirth in 1983, and their son, Caleb Fisher-Wirth, was
born in 1983. Now, with Peter's daughter, Rebecca, the number
of children grew
Ann is the author of William Carlos Williams and Autobiography: The Woods of His Own Nature,
published in 1989. She has published many articles on American
writers, among them Willa Cather, Robert Hass, and Cormac McCarthy, and
has forthcoming work on Kenneth Rexroth, William Faulkner, and Peter
Matthiessen. Ann's poems have appeared in many journals, among them
the Georgia Review, the Kenyon Review, Feminist Studies, ISLE, the Southwest Review, the Valparaiso Review, Flyway, and the Florida Review. Her first book of poems, Blue Window, will appear from Archer Books in September of 2003. Her chapbook of poems, The Trinket Poems,
was runner-up in 2003 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Chapbook Competition and
will be published by Wind in June 2003. She has completed two more
book manuscripts of poetry, Dream Cabinet and Olaus Magnus, Carta Marina and will soon begin looking for a publisher for them.
In 1988 Fisher-Wirth began teaching at the at the University of
Mississippi in Oxford where she is currently professor of English.
In 1994-1995, Ann was the Fulbright Senior Lecturer at
the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and this past year
(2002-2003) she was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair
in American Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. She
returns to Ole Miss this fall.
2008 UPDATE: Ann Fisher-Wirth continues to
teach in the English Department at the University of Mississippi.
To date she has published fifty poems various journals and magazines,
including The Kenyon Review, Natural Bridge, Feminist Studies,
The Comstock Review, ForPoetry.com, Ekphrasis, Petroglyph, Organization
and Environment, The Squaw Review, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies
in Literature and the Environment, Iris: A Journal About Women,
The Georgia Review, Crossroads, Wilderness, Tundra, Southwest
Review, and Asheville Poetry Review. She has also published
three books of poetry.